The core of my Word Bearers legion infantry consists of three units: tactical legionaries, veteran legionaries, and, of course, a breacher squad because what would heresy be without them? To complement the army theme, I chose three Terrax pattern termite transports to transport these units. Originally, I had planned to fill one of the transports with Ruinstorm daemons, but unfortunately, the rules did not allow for it. Perhaps another time.
The seventeenth legions final unit, or what is left of it, are the ‘Gal Vorbak.’ These legionaries have willingly surrendered themselves to the ruinous powers and now share their physical bodies with daemons. They have become a twisted amalgamation of mortal and daemon.
Word Bearers red and black
I’ve discussed this multiple times before and utilized it as my palette for Legio Mortis and other projects, but it never hurts to provide a summary. The foundation for all my Word Bearers armor is a metallic greyscale created by combining gunmetal and chrome paints over a flat black primer.
To achieve the desired red hue, I begin with Games Workshop Carroburg Crimson as the initial tint. Then, I apply several thin layers of Tamiya clear red until I achieve the saturation level I prefer. I aim for a rich red wine color, distinct from the brighter crimson associated with the Thousand Sons. Some have described it as resembling matured or bruised meat, but regardless of your interpretation, I use Drakenhof Nightshade to heighten the contrast in the deepest shadows.